Have you ever tried to navigate a website that is difficult to use, hard to read, or frustrating to navigate?
It’s infuriating, right?
For those with disabilities, this is what life is like when trying to use a shockingly high number of websites. It’s no secret that the Internet is a staple in our everyday lives. It’s our number one source of information. We use it to pay bills, catch up on news, watch TV, do our banking, apply for loans, shop for groceries and more. And, just like a business’s physical locations being required to comply with physical accessibility laws, so too must their websites. But frustratingly, most don’t.
The Numbers on Federal Websites
Many of the websites we rely on to access information, including services from the federal government, aren’t meeting the needs of those with disabilities – the largest minority in the country.
92% of the most popular federal websites fail to meet basic standards for accessibility, says a study from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Not being able to navigate these websites means individuals with a disability cannot get the information they need or perform the tasks required to live their daily lives. And this hindrance isn’t just annoying, it’s also illegal.
If your website contains functions that must be performed, both users with and without disabilities must be able to do so. Presenting barriers to users with disabilities is considered unlawful discrimination.
According to the Equality Act of 2010, having an inaccessible website is breaking the law. Breaking this law means exposing your business to fines and possible lawsuits.
To learn more about the risks associated with having a non-compliant website, you can reach out to AKEA Web Solutions. Our team has done extensive research into ADA Statistics. We know the law and we have the numbers. Get the facts today before it’s too late.
Give us a call at (517) 940-4615 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an accessibility audit of your website.